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Where some saw comedy in the hit movie “Julie & Julia,” I saw a challenge.

The film details Julie Powell’s culinary journey. Powell determines to cook and blog every recipe of Julia Child’s famous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Now unlike Powell, I deigned not to touch a live lobster and couldn’t locate a grocery store that stocks mutton and goose.

Instead of mastering the art of French cooking, I embarked on a journey that hit a little closer to home — I cooked my way through “The Essential Mormon Cookbook.”

Becoming something of a Latter-day Saint Julie Powell suited me, as a resident funeral potatoes connoisseur.

Julie Badger Jensen is the author behind “The Essential Mormon Cookbook.” She compiled dozens of recipes and said in the book that when she was 8 years old, she began collecting recipes beginning with a Lovable Lime Jell-O. I was positively smitten with Jensen’s writing style, which is cheery at every corner and enthusiastic about having family meals as a tradition.

“People’s lives are very involved with all kinds of schedules, but I think the family meal is a wonderful tradition that’s well worth keeping,” Jensen told the Deseret News in 2004.

With more than 200 recipes, I had my work cut out for me. As an eclectic home chef, I hardly discipline myself to follow recipes exactly, something this challenge demanded of me. I forged ahead by meticulously documenting my experience cooking each dish.

The staples of Latter-day Saint cooking were heavily represented. Potatoes. Cheese. Butter. But other flavors were present. Through cooking my way through the cookbook, I believe that I learned what Latter-day Saint cuisine looks like in a more complex way than I had before.

What I learned about Latter-day Saint cuisine

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